What a gem of a gun book!
Mr. Mullin, a Vietnam veteran, former Army captain, and law-enforcement officer, gives us a unique book on some modern and vintage firearms.
He gives us his assessment of a large array of 20th century submachineguns, shotguns, and pistols. Most of these are weapons that have been used in combat. In my approximately 18 years of Military service, I've trained on 17 different arms, but only a small handful of the guns featured here. Most of us involved in shooting sports will never experience some of the sampled arms in this book. Some are rare war-relics (and very expensive collector items), ...but some are still easily available at reasonable cost.
Submachineguns are largely obsolete, except in certain military and police special-operations circles. However, having fired two SMGs in service, ...theres nothing quite like it! The hassle and the costs of the special certification, their gluttonous consumption of ammunition, and the generally exorbitant price for such a firearm, ...prevents most people from experiencing them. The legislation governing them: ridiculous! There are still considerable numbers of full-automatic arms out there in legally responsible hands, for those who can afford such things. Actual criminal usage of automatic arms is EXCEDINGLY RARE.
Mullin gives us his evaluation of such classic war-weapons as the German MP-40, the British STEN, Soviet PPS-43, anD American M3A1. Quite a few of the featured guns are from the Cold War to modern era, such as the Beretta 12, Skorpion, and Walther MPL. I was pleased to see summaries of some lesser-known but still interesting guns as the Marlin UD-42 and Reising Model 50 SMGs.